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Private Customized Instruction-On The Water

Learn to Operate Your Own Boat With Confidence

Power or Sail

The Boat Guy USA will come to your boat to work with you and your crew on a "one on one" customized curriculum. Lessons take place on your own boat, in the water. Our goal is to teach you to successfully and confidently operate your vessel around the dock and in open water. We work with captains, their spouses, and children 14 years and older, who possess an NYS Boating Safety Certificate. Let us help you gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to make sure your day out on the water will be SAFE and FUN! 

Areas of Study

  • Boat Handling & Maneuvering Under Power

    • single, twin-screw, bow thrusters

  • Docking/Undocking & Use of Docking Lines

  • Deck Seamanship

    • Common knots / Splicing

  • Sailing Skills and Instruction

  • Marine Electronics

    • VHF 

    • Chartplotter

    • Plotting a Course & Waypoints

    • Radar (Collision Avoidance and Navigation)

  • Anchoring and Mooring

  • Navigation

    • Reading a nautical chart

    • Buoys

    • Rules of the Road

    • The Marine Compass

    • Nighttime Operation

  • Safety at Sea

    • Person Overboard

    • Emergency Preparedness

    • Float Plan

  • Tides & Currents

  • Basic Maintenance

    • Changing oil / Fuel filters / Winterizing Freshwater System

  • Helm techniques

    • Tubing, water skiing & wakeboarding

  • Other areas by request 


Lesson length and agenda:


The first lesson is typically 3 hours. 


Follow-up lessons are normally 2 hours.


Additional time is prorated in half-hour increments.

Call and together we will plan your day to maximize your learning experience.

Call us for pricing and scheduling


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